AMBLER, Pa. In a game that saw both teams combine for 13 runs and 17 hits that went back-and-forth, Temple (9-15) drew first blood and unfortunately for Penn (11/17) last blood, defeating the Quakers 7-6 on Tuesday at Ambler Field. After the Owls scored three in the first, Penn struck back with four in the second. Temple would regain the lead only to see the Quakers tie it up for a half-inning before the Owls took the lead for good in the fifth.
Temple struck first in their first at bat, scoring three off starter Emily Denstedt (7-9). Lauren Evans hit a two-run homer to center. Two batters later Danielle Fagan hit a solo shot to right.
The Quakers answered back in the second putting up four runs to take the lead. Jen Nichols doubled down the left field line with one out and advanced to third on a single by Casey Hare. Pinch-runner Ilyssa Coghlan moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Kaelin Ainley promptly doubled to right center plating two. Temple then brought in Katie Burdeaux in relief and Stephanie Reichert greeted her with a single. Teresa Leyden then laid down a squeeze that scored Ainley and moved Reichert to third. Reichert gave Penn the lead scoring on a wild pitch.
After three first inning runs, Denstedt held Temple scoreless until the fourth. Fagan led-off with a single and then the Owls executed to successful sacrifice bunts that Penn recorded no outs on. Denstedt retired the next two batters, then Jessica Rohn delivered a bases clearing double to right to put Temple up 6-4.
The Quakers tied the score in the fifth on a two-out single by Reichert that scored Jen Nichols and Hare. Temple answered back in the home-half taking the lead on a solo homer by Makeala Compton.
Penn’s only chance to tie the game came in the sixth when Annie Kinsey drew a lead-off walk and after a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch advanced to third but was stranded there.
Temple starting pitcher Jennifer Nacianceno (3-8) left the game in the second, but returned in the third to go the distance for the win. She pitched six and one-third innings allowing five earned runs. Denstedt took the loss pitching five innings and allowing seven runs.
Reichert and Leyden both went 2-for-4 and combined for three RBI.
The Red and Blue return to action this weekend for their second of three-straight home Ivy League weekend series. Penn hosts Brown in a doubleheader Saturday, April 8 at 1 p.m. Sunday, the Quakers welcome Yale for a doubleheader at noon.